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Tate-Shiho-Gatame (Vertical four-quarter hold) and Escapes

Tate-Shiho-Gatame (Vertical Four-Quarter hold) and Escapes

Tate-Shiho-Gatame roughly translated as Vertical Four-Quarter hold is possibly the weakest of the holds you can get. Unless you manage to wrap your feet around Uke's legs. Like they do in the first video.

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The problem is that it is very difficult to get your legs in that position in a Shiai (Judo contest). What makes this hold even worse in a sense is that it is also the one that is most often the easiest to get in Shiai.

Watching the escapes video (the last one) give you a bunch of hints on how to avoid having Tate-Shiho-Gatame reversed on you.

It basically can be summed up in one sentence:
"Unless you can tuck your feet under Uke, avoid tucking your knees in too tight."

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If you don't avoid tucking your knees in too tight it gives you no control against being rolled over or having your leg captured and traped.

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